“Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and you picture begins to lighten up.”

~ Allen Klein

Have you ever found yourself thinking negatively about things or doubting yourself or putting yourself down? It is very common that we tend to focus on the negative especially when thinking about ourselves. I can definitely say that I can be my own worse critic!!  The dilemma is that by constantly telling yourself negative things, you are in essence putting yourself down which affects your feelings, your self-esteem as well as your mood.  I call this STINKIN’ THINKIN’!!

To change this way of thinking, the first thing you need to do is catch yourself when you find yourself doing this. For example, if you tell yourself  “I am a horrible person”, you need to stop yourself and realize that you are doing that STINKIN’ THINKIN’ and stop yourself in the moment. Visualize a big STOP sign and literally stop yourself from putting yourself down.

Next, you need to change that negative statement to a positive one. It has to be one that you believe about yourself. So, instead of telling yourself that you are a “horrible person”, think about a trait that you like about yourself, such as “I am a good listener” or “I am a good friend”, and replace that negative thought with a positive one. It takes a little work to change your thinking, but the rewards will be well worth it. Invest in yourself & watch your self-esteem grow.

So, today, take out your crayons and begin that to paint the picture of yourself that you have always wanted.  Toss out that old way of thinking…that is your past talking!!!! Change that Stinkin’ Thinkin’ today and see how AMAZING you will begin to feel!!!! 🙂